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2 College Freshman

Parking: If you want to park near campus with someone other than through the school, you will be paying upwards of $500-$600 per semester. If you get parking through the school, for the best spots, it's about $450/semester. However, you must have 30 credit hours in order to get on-campus parking.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: there are many options but they are all fairly expensive

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no parking. unless you pay hundreds for a spot on campus

3 College Freshman

Parking: At this point in time, I'm currently unaware of the parking near campus since students with less than 30 credits (usually freshmen) aren't allowed to park on campus. However, Charleston is a compact city; thus, parking can be a hassle.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you live on campus, you don't need a car. But, the price for a parking spot is pricey and many people end up getting towed.


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If you need to bring a car to school with you, here’s what you should know: student parking is not cheap, but it pays off in convenience and close proximity to campus. Students who can afford it take advantage of the student parking garages and lots on campus. It may be crowded and difficult to find a space at times, but in the end, convenience beats the frustration of hunting for a space. Everywhere else, there are no guarantees. Some parking lots, though cheap, are rather far away from the center of campus, and you spend more time walking to and from your garage than you do actually driving to your destination. Students willing to take a chance at beating the parking police have their success stories and pride in counting the ways they have beaten parking tickets. For those students scared of risking a ticket, beware of St. Philips Street; it’s a prime ticketing area.

With a city such as Charleston that is so pedestrian-friendly, the complications, bothers, and responsibilities that come with parking are easily avoidable by simply not driving. Most students will agree that while it’s good to have a car in Charleston, it’s hardly an essential thing. Walking is how most students get around, but if you are leaning towards bringing a car, there are some spaces available somewhere on campus during some part of the day. The strict traffic laws could make having a car more of a burden than a convenience, but if you are really in need of a vehicle, you’re sure to find a way to make the parking situation work for you.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Designated surface lots and garages
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen are not allowed to park unless they live off campus. Students who live in residence halls or other campus housing must have a minimum of 30 earned credit hours on file with the registrar in order to qualify for a permit.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$500 to $1,200 per year (permits are sold on a per-semester basis)
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking overtime in a loading/unloading zone: $20
  • Using an altered, counterfeit, lost, or stolen permit: $50
  • Blocked handicapped access/unauthorized parking in an accessible space: $100
  • No permit displayed: $20
  • Not in designated lot: $5 for first offense; $20 for subsequent offenses
  • Parking a motorcycle or moped in a space not designated for motorcycle parking: $20
  • Improper parking (i.e., tires over the line between two spaces, creating a space where none has been marked off): $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Church parking lots
  • Faculty parking lots after 4 p.m. and on the weekends
  • Residential areas away from campus (on the weekends)
  • St. Philip Street (keep your blinkers on!)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Calhoun Street
  • King Street
Getting a Parking Permit
Vehicles parked in a CofC parking lot must have a valid permit. These permits are issued for all service parking lots and several garages located near campus.
Parking Services
CofC Parking Services
Public Safety/St. Philip Street between Calhoun and Vanderhorst Streets
(843) 953-7834

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 139 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 3% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 27% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 33% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 142 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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